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The Assembly Learning Grants and Loans (Higher Education) (Wales) Regulations 2006

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General qualifying conditions for grants for living costs

18.—(1) An eligible student qualifies for a grant for living costs under this Part provided that—

(a)the student is not excluded from qualification by any of the following paragraphs, regulation 6 or regulation 7; and

(b)the student satisfies the qualifying conditions for the particular grant for living costs for which he or she is applying.

(2) An eligible student does not qualify for a grant for living costs under this Part if the only paragraph from 1 to 8 of Schedule 1 into which the student falls is paragraph 7.

(3) An eligible student does not qualify for a grant for living costs under this Part in respect of any academic year—

(a)during which the student is eligible to receive any payment under a healthcare bursary the amount of which is calculated by reference to the student’s income;

(b)during which the student is eligible to receive a Scottish healthcare allowance the amount of which is calculated by reference to the student’s income; or

(c)of a course for the initial training of teachers during which the periods of full-time attendance, including attendance for the purpose of teaching practice, are in aggregate less than 6 weeks.

(4) Paragraph (3)(c) does not apply for the purposes of regulation 19.

(5) With the exception of a grant under regulation 20, an eligible student does not qualify for a grant for living costs under this Part in respect of any academic year of a sandwich course where the periods of full-time study are in aggregate less than 10 weeks unless the periods of work experience constitute unpaid service.

(6) For the purposes of paragraph (5), “unpaid service” (“gwasanaeth di-dâl”) means—

(a)unpaid service in a hospital or in a public health service laboratory or with a primary care trust in the United Kingdom;

(b)unpaid service with a local authority in the United Kingdom acting in the exercise of their functions relating to the care of children and young persons, health or welfare or with a voluntary organisation providing facilities or carrying out activities of a like nature in the United Kingdom;

(c)unpaid service in the prison or probation and aftercare service in the United Kingdom;

(d)unpaid research in an institution in the United Kingdom or, in the case of a student attending an overseas institution as part of his or her course, in an overseas institution; or

(e)unpaid service with—

(i)a Health Authority or a Strategic Health Authority established pursuant to section 8 of the National Health Service Act 1977(1) or a Special Health Authority established pursuant to section 11 of that Act(2) or a Local Health Board established pursuant to section 16BA to that Act(3);

(ii)a Health Board or a Special Heath Board constituted under section 2 of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978(4); or

(iii)a Health and Social Services Board established under Article 16 of the Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1972(5).

(7) Where a student becomes an eligible student during the course of an academic year as a result of one of the events listed in paragraph (8), the student may qualify for a particular grant for living costs in accordance with this Part in respect of that academic year but does not qualify for a grant for living costs in respect of any academic year beginning before the academic year in which the relevant event occurred.

(8) The events referred to in paragraph (7) are—

(a)the student’s course becomes a designated course; or

(b)the student, the student’s spouse, the student’s civil partner or the student’s parent is recognised as a refugee or is granted leave to enter or remain as mentioned in paragraph 3 of Schedule 1.

(1)

1977 c. 49; section 8 was amended by the National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Act 2002 (c. 17), section 1(2).

(2)

Section 11 was amended by the Health Authorities Act 1995 (c. 17), section 2 and Schedule 1, paragraph 2 and the Health Act 1999 (c. 8), Schedule 4, paragraph 6.

(3)

Section 16BA was inserted by the National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Act 2002, section 6(1).

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